advanced radiative transfer in dusty systems
User Guide
The text in this chapter assumes that you have installed the SKIRT project on your computer as explained in the Installation Guide.

SKIRT user guide

The best way to begin using SKIRT is to run through the tutorials offered in the Tutorials section on this web site, and then to turn back to this user guide for additional reference information and guidance. Also, detailed information on a specific SKIRT option and its effect can be found in the documentation for the C++ class implementing the option. As explained in Editing a ski file, the relevant class name (and hence the corresponding documentation) is fairly easy to locate even for a non-developer.

The SKIRT user guide includes the following topics:

FitSKIRT user guide

Again, the best way to begin using FitSKIRT is to run through the corresponding tutorials offered in the Tutorials section on this web site. These tutorials explain how to bring observed data into an appropriate format for fitting with FitSKIRT, and how to set the FitSKIRT parameters accordingly.

This user guide offers further guidance on how to setup and use the FitSKIRT program. It includes the following topics:

MakeUp user guide

MakeUp is an optional component of the SKIRT project that requires installation of the Qt libraries. Assuming you have built MakeUp, you can create and edit parameter files for SKIRT and FitSKIRT through a graphical user interface: